Blog Rush Shutting Down

By Daniel Scocco

One of our readers (Mitchell Blatt) emailed me with the breaking news: Blog Rush is raising the white flag. If you are currently using the widget, you will need to remove it cause it won’t work anymore. Here is a quote from the official announcement:

BlogRush didn’t grow without its fair share of problems — from security issues to abusive users trying to ‘game’ the system to much lower click-rates than expected. We also had some problems with trying to fairly control the quality of the network, and in the process made many mistakes in deciding what blogs should stay or go. All of these issues, ultimately, limited the service’s full potential.

Our team worked very hard to try and build a service that would truly help bloggers of all sizes get free traffic to their blogs. This was our primary focus. Not once did we ever try to monetize the service with ads or anything else. BlogRush never made a single penny in revenue. We wanted to be able to help our users FIRST and then worry about monetizing the service later. Unfortunately, the service didn’t work out like we had hoped. (It happens.)

Six months ago I had already written a post criticizing the structure of Blog Rush.

Anyway, that stuff happens. I am not happy for seeing it fail just because I predicted it, and I wish John Reese the best of luck on his next projects.



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22 Responses to “Blog Rush Shutting Down”

  • Henry

    I liked the idea when I read about it but never got the chance to test. Is there any similar program out there? One that would attract customers from visiting customers. If not, do you have any suggestions?

  • medyum

    I decided, okay enough of it. Hence, shut it down a long ago on my blog and was awaiting this official announcement as I was of the view that this toy won’t have a life of more than a year.

  • Yanto

    I used blog rush and hoped to see some increment in traffic. But, never did I expect, it doesn’t seem to give any results. I was surprised, when I tried to visit again today. But, I couldn’t manage to enter the site. Never did I expected, the site had been shutting down. Does anybody know about blogupp? Is it the same as blog rush?

  • Malin

    Since the day they started, it was only a matter of time!

  • Stu McLaren

    I like John a lot and I hate to see BlogRush come to an end.

    Overall I think the concept was solid but it got off to a rough start and it seemed like it just didn’t recover.

    If the click throughs would have been higher I don’t think we would have been having this conversation. But if it’s main purpose is to bring traffic and nobody is clicking, then the service dies a slow death.

    Anyway a HUGE virtual high five to John for taking the gamble and going for it. You gotta love someone who at least goes after their ideas.

  • Dot Com Dud

    I used BlogRush for a while but got lousy results. It’s still a pity to see them shut down and I wish them all the best in the future.

  • Scott Fusco

    Gavin, you got it buddy! I have that Edison quote on one of the main pages of my website!

    I have a lot of respect for people that think and act outside the box and try to take action on this kind of a scale. That alone needs to be acknowledged.

    Guys, chalk it up to a learning experience. At the very least, you got your names out there and you will get future publicity and offers from that.

  • Gavin Morrissey

    Well, let me kill all the speculation right now on this blog. I am the Media Director for the company and I am at liberty to tell you that this project was funded SOLEY by John and we sought zero VC money. These projects might not initially cost as much as you think. The real cost comes in keeping the servers warm when you’re running hundreds of thousands of blog posts per day. Quite a challenge. Especially for a free service. While widgets do have their challenges, we believe the concept behind Blogrush was innovative and we challenge anyone out there to come up with a better idea. That’s what this is all about people! As a company, we are moving in a different direction and we didn’t think it was a good strategic decision to continue this free service, although we received amazing, positive feedback from our users throughout it’s lifespan. Now, people can be as negative as they want if it feeds their own ego. Doesn’t phase us one bit. Most of you will learn (if you have the guts to step out behind your keyboard once in a while) that being successful in ANY venture in business means that you take action on your ideas, learn to grow a thick skin & grow from your failures. Here’s a great quote someone left on our blog about all this: “Thomas Edison, who conducted more than a thousand experiments on filaments before he produced a practical light bulb, was once asked, “How did you keep going after you had failed more than a thousand times?” Edison replied, “I did not fail a thousand times; I learned a thousand ways that didn’t work.” Good luck with all your future online endeavors!

  • LJDiaz

    I knew it, i was just about to use this widget when something hit me, and made me think twice about using this widget. I knew that it was going to be exploited.

  • Maria Reyes-McDavis Blog Marketing

    I’m one of those bloggers that never really understood all the hype and taking up valuable sidebar real estate with Blog Rush and it’s lame widget. I don’t think it’s much of a surprise at all.

  • lazy drunk

    Used them before, but didnt like the widget.

  • Kok Choon

    It must be a taught day for John, although I use it but really doesn’t give much traffic! Seems like too much technical difficulty…

    I think John must have been burned few million dollars on this project, I respect his courage to invest and trial with his “Own” money!

  • Jeffro2pt0

    I also wrote about the closure. http://performancing.com/blogrush-joins-deadpool

    I was really excited to use the service but after five days, I saw the service for what it was and realized I would never see a rush of traffic through the widget. The service was setup so that only the big boys who already have high traffic levels and referrals would be the ones to benefit.

  • mother in israel

    I found it refreshing to get an email about the company’s demise.

  • Medical Transcriptionist

    Ran that toy for a while on my blog, but when evaluating the traffic it sent to my blog versus the resource/space it takes, I decided, okay enough of it. Hence, shut it down a long ago on my blog and was awaiting this official announcement as I was of the view that this toy won’t have a life of more than a year. Yes my prognosticating instincts have turned fairly good!

  • Sohail

    It happens no worries. The idea was good but the implimentation was poor

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Satish, yeah, on that same post I linked to.

  • SATISH

    Reminds me of Agloco!

    Hope you had written about it previously.

  • TechZoomIn

    Same feeling :). Thats why i dont use them.

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Techzooming, in one word, no 🙂 .

  • TechZoomIn

    Heard to know the fact.John Reese must be going with crazy idea now.

    I won’t use all these widgets because of the main page load time killing.

    How far these services will drive the traffice? Is that worth to use them ?

  • Daniel Harrison

    I don’t think it came to much of a surprise to many of us. Not great when something fails, however, if the idea isn’t up to scratch, it will eventually need to die.

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